November 2002

Leadership Letter from Phillip W. Mears,
Vice President, Supply Chain Management

Mears Photo

Dear Catholic Health Initiatives Family:

The founders of our country recognized that the 13 original states had great potential on their own, but would have an even brighter future if they worked together. The framers of the Constitution saw a need to preserve the unique qualities and resources of each state while enhancing those assets through a new operating model for their collective benefit: the federal government. As they penned the famous documents that created our government and nation, they didn’t have all of the details worked out – they simply had a vision they hoped could be realized by the generations that followed.

In 1996, Catholic Health Initiatives formed with that same kind of intent – a comprehensive vision, but not all of the working details. Like the founders of our nation, the founders of our organization saw value in working together for the benefit of a shared ministry. To achieve their vision, we are collectively charged with working out the details: finding the best and most effective ways to realize the mission and vision of Catholic Health Initiatives.

This is the approach that we are applying to our supply chain operations. Catholic Health Initiatives is fast approaching an annual supply expenditure of $1 billion. We want to ensure that all of those dollars deliver the best possible value to our organization, but we have to work out the details together. The cover story of this issue of Initiatives will introduce you to our new ideas for supply chain management. We would like to have your valuable input to this work in progress. Please feel free to contact me or any member of the Supply Chain Group with your comments and suggestions.